Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:14
  THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION   ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3       CAMBRIDGE CITY U18       1   St Neots returned to winning ways with a thoroughly competent performance against the in-form Cambridge City who are currently the form team of the Division having reached the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup.   After a closely fought first half, St Neots dominated much of the second period leaving the visitors looking tired and dispirited at the end of the match.   The first action of the match saw Andre Williams pick out the head of Kieran Waites but visiting keeper Lewis Fairley saved well.  At the other end Harvey Bullin headed over the bar from a Harry England corner and although much of the midfield play was evenly shared the majority of the significant Cambridge attacking was limited to set pieces.   The initial breakthrough came after 20 minutes when Fairley parried a fierce shot from Aaron Hiscock and Kieran Waites took full advantage sliding the ball under the keepers’ body to open the scoring.  Harry Farrow fired over the bar for Cambridge when well-placed, but the visitors did level from another set piece when Bullin glanced an England corner past Joshua Nicholls.  St Neots could have retaken the lead before the break but for a brave save by Fairley at the feet of Waites after good work by Williams.   The significant moment in the match came after 64 minutes when the energetic Samuel Routs picked up the ball in his own half and went past three defenders in a 70 yards dribble to reinstate the lead for St Neots.   This seemed to deflate the visiting side who had to filter back in the face of some determined St Neots attacking play.   Waites robbed a defender to test Fairley who saved at the second attempt and both Callum Irvine and Williams brought saves from the Cambridge goalkeeper.   The result was neatly sewn up five minutes from the end when the under-pressure Fairley spilled a shot from Routs and Hiscock followed in for the clinching goal.       St Neots:  Nicholls, Chambers, Brooks, Southeran, Goodridge, Fulianty, Williams, Routs, Waites, Irvine, Hiscock                                                                                                                                      Subs used:  Clark and Ford.   John Walker  
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:02
  THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION   ST NEOTS TOWN U18       7       SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN U18       1   After two successive defeats in The FA Youth Cup and the league, St Neots bounced back with a dazzling second half performance to crush Saffron Walden who had arrived at the Premier Plus Stadium with a 100% record this season.   The strength of the home squad was highlighted as the starting line-up featured two players not previously involved this season as theside took their league tally of goals to 23 in four outings.   The first half was evenly contested although a second minute free kick from Andre Williams was fumbled by visiting keeper Joshua Bates before being cleared.   The keepers’ woes were to continue because twelve minutes later St Neots skipper Alfie Donkin hit a shot from fully 35 yards that Bates misjudged and the ball flew off his body into the net to give the home side the lead.  Walden looked a positive side and they were rewarded after 23 minutes when Ronnie Ledwith cut in from the left to send a shot over home keeper Michael McCormack to level the scores.   St Neots settled to dominate the first half chances with Leon Fulianty heading wide from an Aaron Hiscock corner and Bates saving well from Callan Irvine.   Then four minutes before the break the lively Williams first forced a save from Bates and followed up with a second that was only parried and Brandon Hedge followed in to claim his first goal at this level.   The 2-1 half time lead did not look secure but two more goals in a three minutes spell around the hour cemented St Neots’ domination.   Aaron Hiscock claimed the first from an Andre Williams free kick and went on to add the second from a Joseph Rider corner that was not cleared.    Substitute Conor Sims should have reduced the arrears from a Ledwith corner but his header was straight at the keeper and in the final twenty minutes St Neots ran riot with three of their substitutes adding their names to the scorers list.  After 73 minutes Harry Clark set up George Holman to make the score 5-1 and then with three minutes remaining Jack Baker scythed through the defence to score and Joseph Rider completed the rout in added time after Clark’s shot had been parried.       St Neots:  McCormack, Chambers, Brooks, Donkin, Southeran, Fulianty, Williams, Irvine, Hedge, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     Subs used:  Goodridge, Baker, Clark, Holman and Rider.   Referee:  Martin Godfrey                                                             John Walker  
Friday, 01 September 2017 10:25
  THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION   ELY CITY U18       0          ST NEOTS TOWN U18       8         For the second successive match, the exciting new crop of St Neots U18 players hit eight goals – this time without reply.   Last season Ely finished as runners-up to the Saints in the final league table but on this occasion, they were completely outplayed by a side full of running and confidence.   However, team spokesman Richard Churms is stressing that the side must keep their feet on the ground as future matches will not be as straightforward as the starting double victories have been.   St Neots began brightly and were quickly dominating proceedings.   After four minutes, a slick move split the home defence as Andre Williams beat his man to pick out Kieran Waites and his flick set up Aaron Hiscock for a simple finish.   Under fire home keeper Joe Deas then had to dive full length to divert a Williams shot onto a post and then spectacularly throw himself to his left to keep out a net-bound shot from Callan Irvine.   After 15 minutes, the woodwork robbed the visitors for a second time when a Williams shot rebounded and then from an inswinging corner by the same player Archie Southeran’s header was cleared off the line by a defender.   The pressure was bound to pay off and after 24 minutes Irvine found the woodwork yet again and Aaron Hiscock was quickest to react as he knocked in his second goal.   Within sixty seconds Irvine was to get his reward as he neatly finished off another slick move between George Holman and Waites and despite further one-way traffic it was still 3-0 at the break.   A half time substitution saw the introduction of last season’s leading scorer Ben Southwood and he carried on where he had left off with two goals in ten minutes.   The first from a Williams corner and the second again set up by the same player.   Between those two goals a free kick by Irvine was deflected into his own net by a defender so it was 6-0 after an hour.   Just after that Ely threatened the St Neots goal for the first time in the match when they won a corner but Nehemiah Goodridge cleared the danger and then it was back to St Neots’ almost total possession and after 72 minutes Callan Irvine topped a final personal display with a solo goal past the overworked Deas.   The final goal followed four minutes later when Southwood turned provider pulling the ball back for the unmarked Kieran Waites and the nearest Ely got to a consolation goal was two minutes from time when George Bugg kept out a Joshua Lewis effort with his legs.       St Neots Town:  Bugg, Chambers, Fulianty, Donkin, Southeran, Goodridge, Williams, Holman, Waites, Irvine, Hiscock                                                                                                                                      Subs used:  Brooks, Southwood, Hammond and Ford.   Referee:  Peter Howard (Chatteris)                                                             John Walker  
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 17:33
THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE - CAMBRIDGE DIVISION ST NEOTS TOWN U18       8       NEWMARKET TOWN U18       1 St Neots U18 Scholars opened the defence of their Cambridge Division title by thumping last seasons’ fourth placed side – the only team with a better goal difference than the Saints last time around.  Each season introduces a new crop of players at this age group but St Neots policy of including younger players in their squad each season has the benefit of continuity because no fewer than five of their starting team had featured in a starting line-up last season.  In fact, striker Andre Williams had played in all but three games in the 2016/17 title winning side and another survivor Kieran Waites was the star of this victory contributing four of St Neots’ goals. Although St Neots looked the better side from the start the visitors’ defended very well in the opening phase of the match.   Aaron Hiscock had an early chance blocked by the feet of the visiting goalkeeper but much of the better openings saw off-target finishing with efforts from Callan Irvine, Hiscock and an Andre Williams free kick either high or wide.   The visitors made few openings but after 17 minutes from a Toby Peters free kick, Lewis Kent lost his marker to head over the bar.  The deadlock was broken after 22 minutes when from a Williams cross Kieran Waites timed his run to perfection to claim the opening goal and two minutes later the same combination doubled the score, Waites showing pace to add to his personal tally.  After 31 minutes, a Waites hat trick was only avoided as visiting keeper Konrad Mil produced a full length save but the pressure continued and after 37 minutes Waites celebrated his hat trick outwitting William James to slot past the keeper.   Andre Williams had been a first half scourge on the visiting defence and he scored a fourth goal three minutes before the break. Waites then made it 5-0 in the opening minute after the break with Williams once again the provider but five minutes later a clumsy challenge by Joe Brooks on Joe Horncastle conceded a penalty for the visitors and Horncastle himself converted.   Then after 56 minutes the Williams/Waites combination set up the sixth St Neots goal for the hardworking Callan Irvine and although Luke Gray hit the foot of a post for the visitors from a corner by Horncastle, the St Neots keeper George Bugg was largely a spectator.   When Mil spilled a Williams corner after 71 minutes Alfie Donkin scored the seventh goal from close range and appropriately Williams wrapped up this convincing opening victory with his second and the eighth goal ten minutes from time. St Neots Town:  Bugg, Chambers, Brooks, Donkin, Dunnett, Fulianty, Williams, Irvine, Waites, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                      Subs used:  Goodridge, Ford and Rider. Referee:  Paul Attfield                                                             John Walker
Friday, 26 May 2017 13:12
St Neots Town FC Academy Open Trials for prospective players Season 2017/18 We will be holding Open Trials for prospective players wishing to play for St Neots Town FC Academy Teams for the upcoming 2017/18 Season. The trials will be held at St Neots Town Football Club, Kester Way, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6SL on the following Nights:   Monday 5th June 2017: 6:00 - 7:30pm > U9, U10, U11 AND U12 TRIALS 8:00 - 9:30pm > U13 AND U14 TRIALS   Wednesday 7th June 2017: 6:00 - 7:30pm > U9, U10 AND U11 TRIALS 8:00 - 9:30pm > U15 AND U16 TRIALS   Monday 12th June 2017: 6:00 - 7:30pm > U12, U13 AND U14 TRIALS   8:00 - 9:30pm > U15 AND U16 TRIALS To register interest and further details, please click on the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KBcYaaM4_2OzSSgt0PIzWuWTUS9EC0iFGXYKPrqyKJ4/edit  
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:58
  On Friday 2nd June 2017 we are holding an open training session 10am - 12pm This is an opportunity for you to take a small break from your ''hectic revision schedule'' and attend this open training session for a couple of hours. Friends are welcome to attend and please circulate and see details of the attached poster as we still have a few spaces available for September 2017 intake.   New Partnership and Academic Evening   As our 'Scholarship' evolves, we continue to form strong bonds and partnerships with local businesses and organisations and look at other academic options in the 'Sports' industry. With this in mind, I am pleased to announce our newly formed partnership with 'One Leisure' of St Neots that will see our scholars visit their fantastic facility from September 2017. This will allow us to integrate a state of the art bespoke football fitness program for each individual that will run alongside the scholarship football training program, the facilities (including the swimming pool) will ensure you have the maximum opportunity to achieve your goals!!   St Neots Learning and Sports Academy and SNLP are holding an Academic Evening at Longsands Academy after half term on Tuesday 6th June 2017 at  6.30pm. Details to be sent in a separate email to prospective Scholars who have registered an interest.   To register your interest please text 07970 851511, email iainsnlasa.co.uk or click on the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xY7azCzjf2t07dLK2RN05S35-Tieyo1P7zT6iRAcBbM/edit  
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:27
THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CHAMPIONS PLAY OFF SEMI-FINAL ST NEOTS TOWN U18       0       AFC SUDBURY U18       4 St Neots U18 Scholars brought their season to a close with an honourable defeat in the semi-final of the Thurlow Nunn League Champions play-off.    They were beaten by a skilful and well organised visiting Sudbury side – the South Division champions – that had only been beaten once this season.   A measure of the quality of the opposition is that it was the first-time St Neots had conceded more than two goals in a home match since November 2015 and it was only the second time this season they had failed to score themselves in a home match.   Before the opposition had scored St Neots, already missing the injured Shae Humphrey and suspended Owen Bevan, lost their inspirational skipper Isaac Clarke, carried off on a stretcher with a twisted knee and within sixty seconds of the restart of the match with St Neots reorganising their defence Sudbury claimed their first goal. There was a very tight start to the match with both sides probing at the other defence with few clear chances.   Andre Williams almost made an early breakthrough for St Neots after eight minutes when he pushed visiting keeper Curtis Child to a full length flying save whilst at the other end Evan Jeckells saved well at the foot of a post at the expense of a corner from Oliver Dunlop.   The injury to Clarke brought on substitute Mason Collins slotted into a three-man defence and the opening goal after 27 minutes came from a lengthy clearance from Child.   A moments’ hesitation in the St Neots defence let in Oliver Peters who chipped the advancing goalkeeper.   A minute before the break a long throw by Callum Watson was met at the near post by Mekhi McKenzie who glanced a header past Jeckells. A third goal just eight minutes after the restart effectively put the match beyond the home side when Dunlop was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and he picked himself up to send a free kick around the defensive wall to make it 3-0.   If St Neots knew they were beaten they did not show it and they kept attacking the visiting defence with little success.  It was whilst they were searching for a way back into the match when they were caught defensively short and McKenzie showed real skill to leave the last defender in his wake to seal the result.   After that St Neots looked the more dangerous side with Ben Southwood firing over the bar after good work by Erhan Nurettin and Andre Williams forcing the save of the match from Child.   So, St Neots finished as proud League and County Cup winners after a very successful season. St Neots:  Jeckells, Gooderham, Piesse, Donkin, Rudman, Holman, Williams, Clarke (I), Southwood, Nurettin, Eldridge Subs used:  Taylor (L), Waites, Chambers, Collins and Fulianty Referee:  Paul Gregory (Peterborough)                                                              John Walker
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:00
THURLOW NUNN CAMBRIDGE DIVISION ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3       ELY CITY U18       2 St Neots displayed their true championship credentials as they overturned a two goals deficit to snatch the most dramatic victory by the odd goal in five with a goal two minutes into added time.   The result rounded off an outstanding season for the side that had won both League and County Cup and preserved an unbeaten home record with eight wins and a draw in their nine matches.   Ely City arrived at the Premier Plus Stadium needing three points from their last two games to finish as runners-up in the league and they looked well on the way to achieving that objective when they led 2-0 after just 39 minutes.   Skilful use of their substitutes and a steely determination saw St Neots recover to record a victory that will put them in good heart for their ‘Champions League’ play off next week with St Ives Town who are champions of the Western Division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League. Ely began in fine fettle and dominated much of the first 45 minutes with the home side looking unbalanced and ragged and rarely threatening the visiting goal.   From an early corner for the visitors Sean Calvey wasted a good chance heading over the bar and Dan Maund had a net-bound shot blocked.  Ely took the lead after20 minutes from a Charlie Tunnell free kick firmly headed past Evan Jeckells by visiting skipper Joe Brannon.  The visitors continued to dominate and six minutes before the break they doubled their lead with Ronan Kerr left unmarked at the far post taking full advantage.   St Neots’ best effort to that point had been an off-target effort by Ben Southwood but a minute before half time a corner was not cleared and Shae Humphrey forced the ball home in a goalmouth scramble. St Neots had to improve and compete better in the second half and the transformation came as four substitutes were introduced after the break.   Ely still created openings with Tom Thurlborn firing wide and Maund putting a free shot over the bar.  Gradually St Neots began to compete and skipper Erhan Nurettin shot wide when well placed.   The real turning point came when a 30 yards’ effort by Alfie Donkin was brilliantly tipped onto a post by visiting keeper Jake Alsop but this just boosted St Neots confidence and a Zac Rudman header from a corner just passed the wrong side of a post.   Substitute Kieran Waites saw a shot deflected just wide but St Neots persistence paid off with six minutes to go when Shae Humphrey levelled the scores with his second goal of the match from a Waites corner.   The winner came two minutes into added time when Waites took full advantage of an Ely defensive error to win the match. St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers, Piesse, Donkin, Rudman, Riley, Humphrey, Nurettin, Southwood, Gooderham, Holman Subs used:  Taylor (L), Clarke (H), Beavis, Waites and Fulianty   Goals:  Humphrey 2 (44 and 84 mins), Waites (90 +2)                                                                    (John Walker)
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:01
  THURLOW NUNN YOUTH CHALLENGE CUP ST NEOTS TOWN U18       0       PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR U18       0   (St Neots won 4-3 on penalties) Goalkeeper Evan Jeckells was the hero as he saved two penalty kicks in the sudden death shoot-out to propel St Neots U18 side into the next round of the Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup.  The evenly contested match had failed to produce a goal and so the penalties option was required to decide the winners and the keeper saved the second and fourth spot kicks to present Shae Humphrey with the opportunity to keep his nerve and fire home the final kick.  At one stage, it looked as if St Neots’ third big game in the space of eight days would be a test too far with four of Friday’s Cup winning side injured as they struggled in the early stages to find any real rhythm but in a solid second half they produced the bulk of the goal scoring chances and they thoroughly deserved their victory. St Neots did have an early chance when Jack Eldridge fired wide but the visitors hit back with Kian Meadows bringing a good save from Jeckells before Harry Catenach squandered a clear opening, firing wide after being set up by Jamie Scott.   Finishing seemed to be an issue for both sides as chances continued to sail wide of their target but it was the visiting side that finished the first half the better.   After 33 minutes Scott rounded his marker to fire in a low shot from an angle but Jeckells saved well and two minutes later the keeper was again in action fielding a rising shot from Niall Burnage. After the break, St Neots looked more composed and confident with a couple of substitutes introduced and in midfield Alfie Donkin began to dictate play for the home side.  Andre Williams showing plenty of pace on the right twice shot across the face of goal and visiting keeper Trent Stanley got down well to block an effort by Eldridge.   St Neots looked well in control as Erhan Nurettin shot narrowly over the bar and substitute Luke Taylor looked to be fouled in the area but the Referee waved away penalty appeals.   Stanley saved well from Ben Southwood whilst Owen Bevan and Williams had chances to put St Neots ahead.   They almost paid the price for missed chances when Jamie Scott was played clear of the St Neots defence by substitute Jordan Giddings but he shot wildly over the bar.   Both sides rang the changes towards the end with their substitutes but the match finished goalless.   The drama of the penalty shoot-out followed with Scott netting for the visitors and Andre Williams levelling.  Jeckells then saved from Bradlee Page and then successful conversions followed by Southwood (St Neots) and Catenach (PNS).   Stanley then saved Nurettin’s effort to level at 2-2.  Ellwood (PNS) and Luke Taylor (St Neots) scored and so it went down to the final two attempts.  When Jeckells guessed right to keep out a penalty by his opposite number Shae Humphrey blasted home the tenth penalty to win the game.   St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers, Beavis, Waites, Rudman, Humphrey, Williams. Nurettin, Southwood, Eldridge, Bevan Subs used:  Taylor (L), Taylor (C), Clarke (H), Mason and Donkin Cards:  none Goals:  none Referee: Mark Newman   John Walker  
Saturday, 08 April 2017 10:42
HUNTINGDONSHIRE YOUTH (GAYTON CUP) CUP FINAL (at Eynesbury Rovers FC) ST NEOTS TOWN U18       2        ST IVES TOWN U18       1       St Neots’ Academy side picked up the Hunts Youth Cup for the first time since 2013 beating neighbours St Ives in a tightly fought Final.   Aiming to add this Trophy to their recently acquired Thurlow Nunn West Division title this was St Ives’ third time as runners-up since lifting the Trophy in 2004.   Still aiming for their domestic treble, St Neots need to win their last match to lift the Thurlow Nunn Cambridge Division title and they are still in the latter stages of the League Cup. The opening phase of the match was nervy with neither side showing much penetration but what the game lacked in attacking quality it more than compensated for with passion and commitment.   Erhan Nurettin saw the first goal bound effort deflected and Shae Humphrey sent a header wide from a corner but St Ives replied as Matt Wright broke clear only to be denied as Evan Jeckells dived bravely at his feet to smother.   The best first half move saw Andre Williams free Sam Piesse on the right but his angled shot was cleared off the line by Jamie Short with his keeper beaten.   Towards the end of the first half Andre Williams brought a good save from Tom Smith but put a second effort wide of the target. The second half was a more feisty affair with Jack Eldridge hooking over the bar after good work by Ben Southwood and after some sustained pressure St Neots took the lead on the hour as Alfie Donkin won the ball well in midfield to send Eldridge away on the left and his clever pull back found Ben Southwood at the far post and he rifled home.   This seemed to galvanise St Ives and they were unlucky not to level two minutes later when Tiago Dias beat Evan Jeckells dive but saw the ball clip the outside of the far post to be cleared.   After their best spell of the match St Ives levelled the scores twelve minutes from time when Wright was upended as he made for goal and from the resultant penalty award Tiago Dias sent the keeper the wrong way.   Now both sides went all out for a winner and this arrived just four minutes later when substitute Luke Taylor’s shot was blocked by a defender and Owen Bevan followed up to smash the ball into the roof of the net.   In the melee that followed the St Ives keeper appeared to push Bevan to the ground and the St Neots players’ retaliation earned him a red card with the keeper seeing yellow.   Down to ten men St Neots continued to look the better side and in added time Ben Southwood ballooned a good chance over the bar from a Williams cross and then took on the last two defenders before again shooting off target.   St Neots:  Jeckells, Collins, Piesse, Donkin, Clarke (I), Humphrey, Williams. Nurettin, Southwood, Bevan, Eldridge Subs used:  Taylor (L), Waites (not used) Chambers, Clarke (H) and Taylor (C) Cards:  Bevan (RED – 83), Eldridge (Y – 63), Humphrey (Y – 78), Clarke (Y – 80) Goals:  Southwood (60), Bevan (82)   St Ives:  Smith (T), Smith (E), Zoric, Short, Sheppeard, Polhos, Davidson, Lloyd, Wright, Dias, Anenou Subs used:  Saunders (not used) Kwiatowski, McFarlane, McDaid and Vaz Cards:  Dias (Y – 65), Saunders (Y – 66) Goals:  Dias – pen – (78)     John Walker
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